POLICE SMASH 'BRIT-ZONE' DRUG RING
Officers arrest 14 people, including several club bouncers, in Benidorm
NATIONAL Police have arrested 14 members of a network known to be involved with drug trafficking around Calle Mallorca in the Rincón de Loix, Benidorm.
The area is often referred to as ' The Square' is popular with predominantly British holidaymakers.
Those arrested were all of Spanish and Romanian nationality and they controlled the supply and sale of cocaine, hashish, marijuana, MMA and ecstasy, as well as other illegal drugs.
The joint operation involved more than 60 officers from the National Police, immigration and security forces, and arose after a number of official com- plaints.
Victims had sustained serious injuries, which included fractured femurs, broken noses and head injuries, after being warned off from the area.
A number of doormen (bouncers) were identified as ring leaders, controlling the sale and supply of illegal substances. They used baseball bats and knuckle-dusters to intimidate people and warn them to stay away from what they considered their territory.
The first police raid took place on September 13 and included support from the Police Intervention Unit due to the high risk and unpredictability of the suspects and their potentially violent backlash on arrest.